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Overlooking the bay in San Francisco, Fisherman’s Wharf is a buzzy, happening borough, in one of California’s coolest cities. Make it your base, with our pick of its best hotels.
Sitting on the northern waterfront near North Beach, Fisherman’s Wharf is a San Francisco stalwart – a popular tourist destination where you’ll find many of the city’s best attractions. Chocolate fans won’t want to miss Ghirardelli Square. You should also plan a trip to Pier 39, where a colony of sealions can usually be seen resting in the sun. And with a hotel in the area, retreating to the comfort of your room will be just a hop, skip and a jump away. And a visit here wouldn’t be complete without taking a boat out to Alcatraz, the infamous prison island which sits a mile out in the bay.
Housed in a classic 1950s motel, Hotel Del Sol is like a raucous step back in time. The vibrant rooms are a feast for the eyes, while the neon-lit palm trees cast a circus-like glow on the outdoor space. The central pool is perfect for cooling down when the San Francisco weather gets balmy, but if you’re looking to work up a sweat, you can do so in the wellness center or out on the tennis or racquetball courts. Don’t miss the continental breakfast that will set you up for a day navigating the hills of the city.
From its knowledgeable concierge armed with incredible local recommendations to its proximity to Chinatown and the Presidio, the San Francisco Marriott Fisherman’s Wharf makes it easy for visitors to hit all the hotspots. You can grab tickets to a Giants game, or book a morning trip to Alcatraz Island, without even leaving the lobby. With an on-site eatery serving up modern American seafood and a fitness center, this hotel is perfect for breezy and fun family vacations.
Located in a charming brick building on North Point Street, the Hyatt Centric Fisherman’s Wharf San Francisco is a great place for guests who prioritize comfort and quiet. Communal areas include a relaxing outdoor pool, a seating area with a modern fireplace and a cozy grab-and-go for snacks. The soothing, nautical-themed rooms are decked out with fresh linens. Fisherman’s Wharf may be one of the busiest neighborhoods in the city, but unwinding is easy at the Hyatt Centric.
The nautical-inspired Hotel Zoe offers guests modern amenities in a space designed to resemble a superyacht. Guest rooms feature Cubie radios (allowing guests to charge up to four devices at once), HDTVs and minibars stocked with local spirits and wine. A welcome glass of wine on arrival will help you slip into holiday mode, while complimentary bikes allow you to zip around the city with ease.
The waterfront Hotel Zephyr offers its guests unrivaled views of the San Francisco Bay. The hotel is a great place to get to know other travelers, as it features communal gathering spaces, such as Fire and Brew, the in-house restaurant and bar where you can sample more than 24 local craft beers and an extensive list of natural wines. Known for being LGBTQ-friendly, this is a comfortable place for guests visiting during one of the city’s many Pride events.
Located in a landmark building that was the home of Ghirardelli’s chocolate factory in the early 19th century, this industrial-chic hotel comes with a storied history and cracking views over San Francisco Bay. With one-, two- and three-bedroom residences, the accommodations here feel more like a holiday home than a hotel room – especially as they come with full kitchens, laundry facilities and living spaces. If you don’t fancy cooking for yourself, there’s more than your fair share of dining options, including a cheese-centric café and a seafood restaurant.
Molly Codyre contributed additional reporting to this article